AUTHORBromberg, Joan Lisa
TITLEFusion: Science, Politics, and the Invention of a New Energy Source
CITYCambridge, MA

This book details efforts to develop of magnetic fusion as a source of energy from the 1950s through the 1970s, describing the scientists involved, their experiments, and how they obtained funding for their research. It relates the beginnings of the research with astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer, physicist Richard Post, and other scientists who were involved in “Project Sherwood,” which was aimed at producing effective magnetic fusion. The book describes scientific problems that arose and how the scientists strove to solve them. It also treats questions of funding, secrecy, practicality, and government oversight. The book contains photographs of the scientists involved and the apparatus they used, as well as interspersed charts and diagrams. Magnetic fusion is not yet a working technology.

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